Eaton Canyon Night Hiker Attacked, Reportedly Stabbed by Man Shouting Gibberish

Published : Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 5:24 AM

[Updated Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.] A hiker was in critical condition Wednesday night after he was stabbed by a gibberish-shouting man who reportedly jumped out from behind bushes and attacked him in Eaton Canyon about 8 p.m.

The victim turned and ran towards his nearby home but was pursued and stabbed again by the suspect, Altadena Station Sheriff’s deputies said.

The victim collapsed in the front yard of his home, in the vicinity of Altadena Drive and Roosevelt Avenue, authorities said.

Arriving deputies found the suspect upon their arrival. The suspect was arrested. The knife thought to be used in the attack was found, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman said.

The man was originally described by authorities as a transient because they could not obtain an address in connection with him. Thursday morning, officials will only say that the suspect is not cooperating and they know little about him and he was on the trail for reasons yet unknown.

The suspect was transported for medical clearance for booking and has since been arrested and booked at Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station for assault with a deadly weapon. He remains held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

The victim was transported to a local hospital with multiple stab wounds to the upper torso. His condition remains unknown.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Altadena Station at (626) 798-1131. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

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